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October 2007

Pennsylvania approves tires as fuel supplement

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved an air quality plan for Northampton Generating Company L.P. to use waste tires as a fuel supplement in the company’s co-generation power plant in Northampton Borough, Northampton County.

“We are issuing this approval after carefully reviewing results from the company’s test burns, the plan approval application, and the results of a risk assessment DEP conducted on the proposal,” said Northeast regional director Michael Bedrin. “This is an opportunity to use a safe alternative fuel and help eliminate waste tire piles from our communities.”

The company submitted its plan approval application for DEP review in February and conducted a test burn using waste tire-derived fuel.

The air quality plan approval allows the company to use 105 tons of anthracite culm and other approved fuels, such as paper and wood, per hour as fuel.

The company also is required to use enclosed trucks and unload the waste tires in its enclosed fuels building. No chipping or shredding of tires will be conducted on the property.

The fuel building also has its own air pollution controls to prevent dust from the unloading and handling processes.